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Stephen Policoff Wins Dzanc Mid-Career Novel Award

Novelist, essayist and Master Teacher Stephen Policoff is the winner of the 2012 Dzanc Books mid-career novelist award. Policoff’s manuscript, Come Away, was selected from nearly 100 submissions. This collection will be published in October 2014. Dzanc co-founder and  publisher, Steven Gillis said of the manuscript: Stephen Policoff’s Come Away is the sort of book that leaves you in awe of the way the universal subject of love and parenting and the complexities of human relationships can be handled here in such a new and inspiring way…” Read more.


Annual Liberal Studies Faculty Award Winners Announced

The following annual awards — as recommended by committees of their peers to the Dean of Liberal Studies, Fred Schwarzbach — have been announced for the Liberal Studies faculty.

Outstanding Scholarly and Creative Achievement:  Ifeona Fulani and Eugene Ostashevsky

Student Mentor:  Farzad Mahootian and Heidi White

Program Service:  Molly Martin

The awards will be delivered during the end-of-semester party this Thursday afternoon (for which it is not too late to RSVP).

The Vazquez Award, which is decided by Liberal Studies students, will also be presented to Michael Shenefelt during the event.

We at GLSNC offer our heartfelt congratulations to this year’s award winners.

Michael Shenefelt Wins Vazquez Award for Teaching Excellence

Michael Shenefelt has won the annual award for teaching excellence in Liberal Studies as chosen by Liberal Studies students. This year, the award was named for recently deceased Liberal Studies professor Jose Vazquez, whose teaching excellence was universally recognized. Asked what the award means to him, Dr. Shenefelt shared the following:

“I’m very grateful to the students. And I’m especially honored because the award carries Jose’s name and helps to carry forward Jose’s memory. Jose meant a great deal to our students and to all of us at Liberal Studies.”

Cheryl Sterling Wins New York African Studies Association Distinguished Book Award

Liberal/Global Liberal Studies Master Teacher Cheryl Sterling has been honored by the New York African Studies Association with its 2013 Distinguished Book Award for her book, African Roots, Brazilian Rites: Cultural and National Identity in Brazil, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2012). The award was granted  during their 38th annual conference at Binghamton University, titled “GLOBAL AFRICA, TRIPLE HERITAGE AND PAX AFRICANA: LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD.” NYASA was founded in 1967 and is dedicated to advancing the discipline of Africana Studies. It encompasses Africanists who are faculty members at colleges and universities, researchers, professionals and students from New York State and surrounding areas, and offers opportunities for the scholarly and professional development of educators, and enhanced education for community members, leaders and activists.

We congratulate Dr. Sterling on behalf of the entire faculty and staff of Global/Liberal Studies.

Lina Meruane has won the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Literary Prize

NYU Global/Liberal Studies’ Lina Meruane has won the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Literary Prize for her recent novel, Sangre en el Ojo. Meruane, a Chilean scholar, writer, and cultural journalist, has authored three other novels—Póstuma, Cercada, and Fruta Podrid. Dr. Meruane teaches Latin American Cultures in NYU’s Global Liberal Studies Program. More information is available here.